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Elevations goes center stage at the Clay Center for special arts luncheon

Elevations: Economic Impact
of the Arts
Thursday, Nov. 17
Maier Performance Hall

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

11:45 a.m.: Informal networking
Noon: Luncheon and program

Arts and cultural activities play an increasing important role in our region’s economy, generating $44 million annually in local expenditures and supporting  more than 1,000 full-time equivalent jobs, according to one recent study.*

Guests at the next Elevations luncheon, to be held Thursday, Nov. 17, will go on stage at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences for a special luncheon program featuring women at the heart of the area’s arts community who will share their perspectives on the role of cultural activities in creating  jobs and supporting local businesses.

Register here for the event.

Speaking at the event will be:

• Naomi Bays, chair, Arts Council of the Kanawha Valley

• Traci Higginbotham, general manager, Art Emporium

• Susie Salisbury, vice president of community development, Charleston Area Alliance

• Judith Wellington, president, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

Tickets for this special event are $35 for Alliance members/$45 future members, through Nov. 11.  Prices increase by $10 per person after that date.

Reserved tables of eight, which includes sponsorship acknowledgments, signage and program listing, are $500 for Alliance members/$600 future members.

For sponsorship information, contact JoEllen Zacks at jzacks@charlestonareaalliance.org.

The 1,700-member Elevations Professional Women’s Network is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and DOW.  The mission of Elevations is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success for themselves, their businesses and their community.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of gently used professional clothing, outerwear, shoes and accessories, which will be collected by Dress for Success and distributed to disadvantaged women entering the workplace.

* Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the Greater Charleston Region (FY 2007-08), conducted by Americans for the Arts (www.AmericansForTheArts.org)

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